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Lagged Syndesmotic Fixation: Our Clinical Experience

February 28, 2015

Ankle fractures are very common, and although algorithms are in place for osseous management, consensus has not been reached regarding treatment of associated ligamentous injuries. Although tibiofibular syndesmotic stabilization can be done using different forms of fixation, the biomedical literature has long emphasized the risk of long-term restriction of ankle mobility with the use of lagged transfixation.

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OHI’s overriding goal is to deliver ever-greater value to its customers

February 25, 2015

By LER staff When Frazier Healthcare acquired Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI) in April 2013, they saw an opportunity to build a lower extremity juggernaut. The strategy, in an increasingly fragmented market, was to unite several leading brands, leverage the collective experience of seasoned managers, and present a singular and comprehensive lower extremity solution.

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P.W. Minor, a classic shoe company, gets new life

February 24, 2015

By Shalmali Pal When new management takes over an established business, the game plan is often “out with the old, in with the new.” When Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff acquired the P.W. Minor shoe company of Batavia, NY, they made a choice to keep the old along with introducing the new.

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How to work with patients to improve high-deductible collections

February 24, 2015

There’s no question: High deductibles change the landscape in which physician practices provide care. Though the challenges are vast when it comes to educating patients, training employees and updating policies to keep collections strong in the era of consumer-directed care, a recent article from Medical Economics offers several strategies to ease the strain.

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Outcomes of neuroischemic wounds treated by a multidisciplinary amputation prevention service

February 24, 2015

Multidisciplinary amputation prevention teams decrease the frequency of major amputations by increasing the use of revascularization procedures and minor amputations. The outcomes of wound healing, wound recurrence, and ambulatory status are assumed to be improved but are not routinely reported. This study investigates the mid-term outcomes of neuroischemic wounds treated by our multidisciplinary team.

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EHR System Offers Charting At The Touch Of A Screen

February 23, 2015

Issue Number:  Volume 28 – Issue 3 – March 2015 Author(s):  Brian McCurdy, Managing Editor An emerging electronic health records (EHR) system allows busy podiatrists to document patient encounters and their treatment schedule in one portable package. The MediTouch ® EHR comes preloaded with findings specific to the foot and ankle so one can start charting on the first use, according to the manufacturer HealthFusion. The company says the system also has a durable medical equipment (DME) auto-split feature so one does not need to create duplicate claims to bill for service and DME.

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Epidermolysis Bullosa Pruriginosa: Case Series and Review of the Literature

February 18, 2015

Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) pruriginosa is a rare clinical subtype of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) that is characterized by intense pruritus resulting in hypertrophic, lichenified, prurigo-like plaques and nodules secondary to scratching. The variability in the age of onset, rarity of intact bullae, histologic ambiguities, and close resemblance to other conditions such as acquired inflammatory dermatoses may make diagnosis difficult for this unusual condition, for which fewer than 100 cases have been documented

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Implications of reduced stride length in running

February 17, 2015

Decreasing stride length during running has been shown to result in biomechanical changes that are associated with reduced loading of biological tissues and, by extension, also may reduce the risk of injuries such as stress fractures, iliotibial band syndrome, and patellofemoral pain.

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Study: Patients think more highly of docs who dress up

February 17, 2015

It may seem superficial, but physicians’ attire has a measurable effect on patient perception of their knowledge, caring, professionalism and trustworthiness, according to a study published in BMJ Open. For the study, researchers at the University of Michigan Health System conducted a comprehensive international review of 30 studies on the topic of physician dress involving 11,533 adult patients in 14 countries. Out of the 30 studies reviewed, 21 found that patients held clear preferences about what their doctors should wear–18 of which indicated that physicians should err on the side of formality to impress patients.

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Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke increases risk of diabetes

February 17, 2015

Smoking is a well-known risk for many health problems such as lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, and the increased health risks associated with smoking during pregnancy for babies are well-documented. Now a new study published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease finds that children exposed to tobacco smoke prenatally have an increased risk of developing diabetes later in life.

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